More to Chew On: Last Bites From Around the Country

  • By The Chew Crew

There’s nothing better than dessert and Thanksgiving is always a great time to dig into it.  So, today we are celebrating all things dessert.
Can’t get enough sweet treats even when you try to hold off?  It’s actually a chemical reaction.  According to a new study from the Journal of Metabolism there is always room or more room for dessert.  This study found that once the body has all the calories and nutrients that it needs for survival the brain shifts into a pleasure-eating mode.  When motivated by hunger, your body will signal that it’s full.  However, when motivated by pleasure there is no such signal.  Furthermore, when you eat for pleasure rewarding chemical signals in the brain are activated making you feel good.  So eating dessert is a great way to improve your mood, but maybe not your waistline.
Desserts don’t just make you feel good, they are also a proven aphrodisiac.  Research done by Chicago’s Smell and Taste Research Center found that no scent attracts men more than the smell of pumpkin pie.  24 different scents were tested and participants’ blood flow was measured through a machine.  Blood flow increased 40% in men when exposed to pumpkin pie
Nothing goes better with a tasty dessert than a cup of coffee.  According to a coffee shop in England is trying to revolutionize the way we order coffee.  Debenhams, a British department store, is hoping to clear up any confusion caused by complicated coffee names by removing them from the menu and simplifying the process.  A latte is now “really really milky coffee”, a cappuccino is “frothy coffee” and a mocha is “chocolate flavored coffee”. Black coffee is “simple coffee, with or without milk” and espresso shot is labeled as “a shot of strong coffee”.  Rather than offering confusing tall, grande, or venti coffee sizes as found in other shops, the high street retailer has also scrapped different size options, instead offering thirsty shoppers simply a cup or a mug of their favorite drink.

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